Orion has signed two more novels from Lucy Vine, the author behind debut Hot Mess (Orion) which was recently optioned for television.
Clare Hey, publishing director at Orion Fiction, bought world all languages rights in two more novels from Vine through Diana Beaumont of Marjacq.
Hot Mess, whose protagonist has been billed as the new Bridget Jones, sold rights in eight languages while TV rights have just been optioned by MUSE in a deal brokered via Luke Speed at Curtis Brown. Grace Helbig, a US TV and YouTube star, is attached.
According to Orion, Vine's second novel, What Fresh Hell, will be one of Orion Fiction’s "star titles" at the London Book Fair. It is due to publish on 8th March 2018.
Vine’s third book will meanwhile see her heroine take "a journey of discovery" as her friends all partner up and settle down and she sets off on a once-in-a-lifetime’s trip around the world.
Hey said: "Lucy represents an 'Every Woman' that’s in all of us – sometimes a bit of a mess, heart in the right place but everything else in the wrong place. She is genuinely hilarious and we intend to build on the great start Hot Mess had to make her the Bridget Jones for this generation."
Beaumont said: "Lucy's smart, funny subversion of the romcom where the heroine celebrates being single, female friendships and making her own choices in life that don't necessarily hinge around a man reflects the times we live in and has launched a publishing trend. We are excited to have agreed another deal with the Orion team and look forward to introducing more readers to her life-enhancing books."